Once members of the Telkaif community had settled in the area, they encouraged others from their homeland to join them.
Searching for an appropriate name to call this new Catholic rite, the Pope focused on their historic homeland, which in ancient times had been the land of the Babylonians, Assyrians, and Chaldeans.
It was also the historic homeland of the prophet Abraham, who came from Ur, a city of the Chaldeans.
An even greater number of Iraqi citizens immigrated to the United States due to changes in U. immigration laws during the mid-1960s, and growth in Detroit's Chaldean American community became even more dramatic, increasing to about 45,000 in 1986, and approximately 75,000 by 1992.
(These figures are based on the statistical projections and estimates of Chaldean American community leaders.) This period also saw an increase in immigration to other parts of the country, particularly California.
In this process, members of a community who have already established themselves in a new location assist relatives and friends left behind to migrate as well.
The assistance they provide can take many forms, including the provision of jobs, a place to stay, or, at the very least, information and advisement.
Chaldean Americans are descendants of people from the northern Tigris-Euphrates Valley, presently located in the Middle Eastern nation of Iraq.
The majority of Chaldean Americans live in Detroit, Michigan, although there are also Chaldean Americans in Chicago, Illinois; El Cajon, San Jose, and Turlock, California; and Oaxaca, Mexico. According to statistical projections from previous data on the Chaldean American community, however, it is estimated that Chaldeans in the Detroit metropolitan area may number as many as 70,000 to 80,000; in California they are projected at 2,000 to 3,000 persons.
Hence, the Pope chose "Chaldean" as the name for the new Catholic rite.
Over 95 percent of Chaldeans in the Detroit community can trace their origin to a single town, Telkaif, which is one of several Christian towns in the northern Iraqi province of Mosul, near the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh.
This type of assistance became especially important in the 1920s, after the passage of U. These quotas reinforced the chain migration process by giving preference to the families of persons already in America, under the assumption that such persons would have assistance in the United States and were less likely to become indigent and require public assistance.